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Am I eligible for the $200 the government is giving to parents?

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Am I eligible for the $200 the government is giving to parents?updated
Reviewed: 
January 7, 2021
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The Ontario government recently launched a program called Support for Learners. The program gives money to parents to help with costs during COVID-19.

This is similar to the Ontario Support for Families program that closed on August 31, 2020. You can apply for the new Support for Learners program even if you already got money from the Support for Families program.

Children 0 to 12 years old

If you are a parent of a child 0 to 12 years old, you are eligible for a one-time payment of $200. It doesn't matter if your child is in public, private, or virtual school. They don't have to be in day care, homeschooled, or even in school at all. You must submit your application by February 8, 2021.

Children 13 years old or older

If you are a parent of a child 13 years old or older, you are eligible for a one-time payment of $200 if your child is in high school. This includes students who are 18 or older and still in high school. It doesn't matter if your child is in public, private, or virtual school. You must submit your application between January 11, 2021 and February 8, 2021.

Children with special needs 0 to 21 years old

If you are a parent of a child with special needs who is 0 to 21 years old, you are eligible for a one-time payment of $250. You must submit your application by February 8, 2021. The program considers a child to have special needs if the child:

  • has an identified special need, or
  • gets special education programs or services at school, or
  • is enrolled in licensed child care that gets special needs funding or support.

If your child only has special needs because they are "gifted", you don't qualify for the higher amount of $250. But if your child is gifted and also has other special needs, then you qualify for the higher amount.

How to apply

To apply for the program, use the Support for Learners website. Submit a separate application for each child. The money can be sent to you by Interac e-transfer or you can have the money deposited directly into your bank account.

Once you apply, you will receive a confirmation email. It can take several weeks before you get the money.

If you currently get OW or ODSP, it's important to know that the government has not yet said if the money from this program will count as income. Similar payments to parents in the past didn't count as income. But if the government decides that this current payment does count as income, it could affect your eligibility for OW or ODSP. It could also affect the amount of money you get from OW or ODSP.

This information will be updated when the government updates its information.

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